At Long Last.....and some podcasting recs.
For some reason, I've just not been feeling up to daily blog entries lately. I'm hoping I'll be back to daily entries again soon, but for now, I'm probably going to be posting about twice a week, or at most three times. For the last few weeks, I've been really concentrating on my job (and on running errands, doing laundry, and family stuff) and it just has left me not only with no time to blog, but with little time to think about what I'd blog about were I doing it. However, one thing I have been thinking about is a set of excellent podcasts I've been listening to while doing errands and riding around on the subway.
First off, Marc Maron's new Air America show is finally on the air in Los Angeles. If you have insomnia, you can listen to it streaming at "Progressive Talk" KTLK. It's good, and since he's not as pressured to "talk about the issues" as he was during the all-important morning hour, I think the whole thing is more relaxed and fun. I paid those Air America bastards $50 just so I could listen to it on my morning subway commute, and I actually think it's worth it.
Now, after reading the "Marc Maron show blog," I've learned that Air America also took marvelous Mike Malloy off the air in NYC and replaced him with the dreadful "Sattelite Sisters." Now that's an appropriate reward for the man who won the NY A.I.R award for the "best talk show" last year. hmm, I do hate to pay Air America so that I can listen to my favorite cancelled shows. Isn't there something just terribly wrong with that? First, you cancel our favorite shows, then you ask us to pay you for the privileged of listening to them? why, it's extortion!
This morning on the subway, I saw someone reading THIS article about Air America losing its NY affiliate in the NY Post. (to see CEO Goldberg's response, check this more trustworthy source. Whatever happens, I hope Maron stays on the radio because the man is a comic genius, and no matter how much people may like Dr. Maddow on "Air America Mornings," she has become a Democratic Party talking point machine. Let's face it, even NPR has more information that you might need in the day, and while "Wake Up Call" is sometimes a bit dreary and soporific, WBAI's Deepah Fernandez has WAY more to say and plays MUCH better music. After listening to Marc M's show, I've decided that even though my major complaint about him was that he didn't "talk about the issues" enough and spent too much time talking about his insecurities, his insecurities are more interesting than Rachel Maddow's "front page." Let me explain, somehow, he'll link some greater philosophical, psychological /or political observation to his meditations on his own experience, and this will be deeper than the usual "ohmigod here's what it said in the paper today!" that you get from Maddow.
Other podcast or streaming recs. If you google "chomsky podcast," you will eventually land at the show that I didn't know about that has existed for the last six years in Chicago and the world wide web. That's Chuck Mertz and "This is Hell," four solid hours of interviews with your favorite journalists and activists, right and left (Scott Ritter, George Galloway, Dilip Hiro, Cindy Sheehan etc. etc) along with some politico-comic bits such as "Conspiracy Corner," which is essential commentary on today's activist culture.
Finally, if you haven't yet, listen to Ricky Gervais' podcast. It is short and simply hilarious and makes doing household chores much more pleasant.
That's all for now. More tomorrow, if I get the chores done in time.